IN-Ren (Integration Network Renfrewshire)

fairer access to health services, education and employment

IN-Ren (Integration Network Renfrewshire)

IN Ren

We’re hosting IN-Ren (Integration Network Renfrewshire); and we’re inviting you to be part of it.

If you are from a minority ethnic background and live in Renfrewshire, you are warmly invited to attend the next session on Monday 30 August at 4pm, on Zoom. All you need to bring is a willingness to share your thoughts and experiences of life in Renfrewshire as a person from a minority ethnic background, as well as an enthusiasm for making suggestions for positive change and improvement.  

Request to join the Zoom meeting by emailing info@engagerenfrewshire.com 

We’ll be discussing the detail around why, what, how, when and where, but in the meantime, here is a basic idea of where we want to begin.


Purpose: Why do we need IN-Ren?

In Renfrewshire, we are committed to changing the long-accepted inequalities and racism that exists in our systems and service delivery. We need your help. These are sensitive, complex but crucial issues. We’re confident that by working together we can make the changes needed to make life fairer for our minority ethnic communities. 


Vision: What is IN-Ren?

IN-Ren is a forum for people from minority ethnic backgrounds, where they are recognised and acknowledged as experts of their own lived experiences, insights and opinions. It is a forum where agencies (organisations and services) are invited to present, listen and learn about institutional racism. Racism may be present in the form of barriers, ignorance, complacency or other forms. Agencies are then responsible for making changes or improvements to address institutional racism.


Mission: How does it work?

IN-Ren will meet monthly. An agenda will be sent out in advance. Presenters will be asked to give a 10min update on their service, be given time for a short discussion, and make an ask of the forum (complete a survey, attend a meeting, or be part of a short life working group). The presenter will then return to IN-Ren at a later date to update the forum on the changes made as a consequence. Additionally, IN-Ren will have a fortnightly eNews mail out, which will include information about local services and initiatives from the public and voluntary sector, and updates on service development as a result of IN-Ren discussions.


Values: What can you expect?

Within IN-Ren we recognise equality experts as being local people from minority ethnic backgrounds. The forum will be respectful, sensitive, constructive, and never condescending. Agencies who attend will listen carefully to better understand the changes that need to take place, big or small, and report back to IN-Ren. We’re all learning about how we must do better. If there’s something in the forum that doesn’t feel right, then let us know so we can do something about it. We will also make provision for sharing sensitive experiences anonymously and empathetically.


Time: When is this happening?

The next meeting is scheduled for  Monday 30 August at 4pm. We want to start small and grow and develop the forum from there. We’re keen to understand the best time/day/medium for everyone, so this may change as we progress. 

We look forward to welcoming you! Please share this info with anyone you think is interested, email info@engagerenfrewshire.com with any questions you have.